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Before I was in house, I went from big law to a regional trial boutique that still had sophisticated clients but they were not F100 companies like in big law. In my experience, you’ll get more hands on opportunities but the quality of lawyering on the other side (and even at the smaller firm) will be significantly worse (sometimes comically so) and you’ll probably wonder how people haven’t been sued for malpractice or even manage to have happy clientele.

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WLB was significantly worse, in part because the culture was no working from home ever.

It was a terrible year of my life but longterm it was good for my career. When I went back up big law I had much more confidence and experience than others my year, and as a result I was quickly elevated on teams and made the senior associate in charge, which definitely helped me going in house (which was my end goal).

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